Emmenopterys henryi

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Emmenopterys henryi
Emmenopterys henryi - inflorescence (detail).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Ixoroideae
Tribe: Condamineeae
Genus: Emmenopterys
Species: E. henryi
Binomial name
Emmenopterys henryi
  • Mussaenda cavaleriei H.Lév.
  • Mussaenda mairei H.Lév.

Emmenopterys henryi is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family. It is found in the temperate parts of central and southern China and in Vietnam. It is a deciduous tree with opposite leaves and can attain heights of 45 m and grow to a 1000 years old. The epithet is named after the Irish botanist and sinologist Augustine Henry.

Emmenopterys henryi in Europe[edit]

The first introduction to Europe was 1907 to England by Ernest Wilson.[1][2] They are noted for their rare flowering. The first time that Emmenopterys henryi flowered in mainland Europe was 1971 in the arboretum of Villa Taranto on Lago Maggiore.[1][2] A specimen in Cambridge flowered in 2012, after 30 years, only the fifth flowering in the UK.[3] In 2013, a tree flowered for the fourth time in the Arboretum Kalmthout in Belgium. This was unexpected, since the flowers only appeared in September, which is quite late.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Ente Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto". Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Emmenopterys henryi". Quarryhill Botanical Garden. 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Rare Chinese tree flowers in Cambridge after 30-year wait". BBC News online. 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "De Emmenopterys plots opnieuw in bloei in Kalmthout". 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-12.